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A BIT OF A TALE
Matt Seaver, Graeme Warren and Rena Maguire track the journey of an Irish Iron Age horse bit
ST CANICE’S, FINGLAS, AND THE HIBERNO-NORSE CHURCHES OF DUBLIN
Paul Duffy explains how construction dates can be pushed back into the later eleventh century
RATHRA, CO. ROSCOMMON
In this contribution to Folklore Focus Marion Dowd examines the ‘fairy fort’ beliefs around ringforts
VIKING AGE WOMEN CONNECTING IRELAND AND NORWAY
Patrick Herbage, Aoife O’Shaughnessy, Kristin Armstrong-Oma and Håkon Reiersen give an insight into Irish objects found in Rogaland, Norway
THE CHURCH ON THE HILL
Cormac Bourke examines a medieval lintel at Magherally, Co. Down
SUSTAINABILITY OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SECTOR—THE CASE FOR A SECTORAL EMPLOYMENT ORDER
James Kyle, Richard Clutterbuck, Clíodhna Ní Lionáin, Niall O’Hora and Jean O’Dowd on how the archaeology branch of Unite aims to set agreed pay standards for archaeologists
HISTORICAL DIETARY PATTERNS
In this contribution to the Know Your Monuments series Muiris O’Sullivan and Liam Downey profile the general food-consumption patterns in Ireland from earliest times and review the relatively low consumption of meat and fish by the population at large
Ken Wiggins, Liam Coen and Maeve McCormick examine an elevated site chosen for settlement by generations of people over six millennia
BALLINALEE STONE STRUCTURE
Excavations often lead to unanswered questions. Judith Carroll shares the details of one such unusual feature which is still unexplained
THE BARE BONES
Neolithic chambered cairns: Matt Ritchie presents a very regional view of Neolithic burial habits
IMIRCE: MIGRATION AND IRELAND THROUGH TIME
Details of the programme for the National Monuments Service 2023 conference
Heritage Guide No. 102: ST FINIAN'S MEDIEVAL CHURCH AND GRAVEYARD, ESKER, LUCAN, CO. DUBLIN
St Finian’s is just one of three extant medieval churches in the Lucan area, each the focus of a parish, in the barony of Newcastle. It is 1km from Lucan village and is said to have been built in the twelfth century. It is a ruined medieval parish church and graveyard, constructed of rough limestone masonry, within a roughly trapezoidal nineteenth-century stone enclosure.
In medieval times St Finian’s held a strategic location on the Slíghe Mhór (the Great Way), the medieval road that crossed the country from Tara to Dublin, and thence to Clonard (of St Finian) and on to Galway. The Slíghe Mhór took advantage here of the stony, elevated esker from which the area derives its name.
St Finian’s church appears to date mainly from the Anglo-Norman period (from the thirteenth century on), with additions or revisions in the sixteenth century.